Ribbed tall bag-shaped jar

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (Queen Tabiry)


Overall: 24.1 x 7.8 cm (9 1/2 x 3 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar is made of a red to buff clay fabric. It is of tall, bag-shaped proportions with a base that comes to a rounded point. The middle and upper body (i.e. all but the base) is ribbed. The rim is thickly rolled. Two rough loop handles have been added to the upper body. The jar is in generally cracked condition. There is a small area of restoration (bright white plaster).


From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession Date: September 5, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition